Saturday, March 28, 2009

Chugging right along (not!)

I am really having a difficult time in maintaining my weight loss. I stopped going to my Weight Watchers meetings a few months ago because of the cost. I lost my lifetime status (they only allow you to gain 2 pounds to stay free) and I had other pressing issues for my money, like taking ukulele lessons and my son's therapy for his autism.

Not only did the WW meetings get cut, but going down to the salad bar and buying my lunch stopped. That five to seven bucks a day was a treat I could no longer afford, so I started taking frozen entrees to work most of the time. I do go out maybe once every week or two if I can find a two for one coupon and split the cost with a friend. Seven bucks for a salad is too much. I used to be able to get it for five dollars just a few short months ago. Food prices seem to be going through the roof, both for groceries and eating out.

I don't know what it is with salt, but now I seem to crave it constantly since I've been eating those high sodium TV dinners. Most of them have like 700 mg of sodium. I get home and want nuts or chips or some kind of salty munchie every day. I know that's not helping my weight situation any, but a stalk of celery has no appeal to me whatsoever.

You know, you would think that losing weight would be so cheap because you are eating less food, but it is one of the most expensive things I have come across in my life. The programs, the foods, health clubs and exercise equipment, and on it goes. Despite all the costs, it really only comes down to you making it happen. All diets work if you work them, but there is no magic bullet. You are the one who makes the choices. Nobody is stuffing food in your mouth. That is something we do to ourselves. We know how we are supposed to eat and that we need to exercise to lose weight. Knowing it and doing it are two different things altogether.

Time to get back to doing what we need to do to lose weight. Two pounds a week or bust.